Opening the event was the Rotary Club of Lang’ata Chairman, Michael Kimani, who had this to say, “We would like to thank everyone who has come on board this year to support the Rotary of Club of Lang’ata. The Love Zone concert serves as a fundraising event for the Rotary Club of Lang’ata Education Endowment Fund. We currently support 26 bright students from less fortunate backgrounds complete their high school education in different schools in the country.”
Ciano Maimba, June Gachui, Kendi Nkonge, Lisa Oduor-Noah and Webi took us on a journey of love through music, backed by Amani Baya on Drums, Tito Monako on Bass and Victor ‘Tots’ Kimetto on Keys. A medley of Kenyan songs; Nakupenda, Sweetie Banana by Nyambane and Nakupenda Kama Sukari by Juma Tutu took the audience on a walk down memory lane; through the history of tuning, the stages of courting and flirting.
The performance followed the journey of looking for love, taking things slow, the unfortunate heart crack (or is it called heartbreak?), not giving up on love/us, good bad manners, the fighting and making up, the marriage proposal, and in summary, the perception of love. With songs such as Real Love by Mary J Blige, Have You Ever by Brandy, Think Twice by Celine Dion, I Wanna Know by Joe Thomas and Let’s Get It on by Marvin Gaye taking centre stage.
Drummer Amani Baya showed off his multifaceted talent by doing a beautiful rendition of Tarrus Riley’s song Royal. Throughout the show, singers performed their own songs. Ciano Maimba (Barbara’s Song, Barua ya kirafiki) and Webi (Nikuskize, Pamoja Milele) got on their acoustic guitars and crooned softly; while Kendi Nkonge( Nakupenda), June Gachui (Everything is Fine) and Lisa Oduor-Noah (Kidogo) letting their vocals speak for themselves. With a reminder that love is universal, the concert ended with Tarrus Riley’s Just The Way You Are.
Two lucky audience members took up a challenge to sing a love song and each won a return ticket to Mombasa each courtesy of Skyward Express. Abdi Dubat, Chair of the Rotary Club of Langata’s Fundraising Committee, closed the show with the following words, “We wanted to do something different with our partners; so we decided to hold a concert such that people get to have fun while supporting a great cause. We are glad that you all came out to not only enjoy the concert but also contribute generously. We are looking to have more of you join the Rotary Club and help us support our communities.”
The Love Zone’s partners and sponsors included Safaricom, Checkups Medical, MOOKH, Gulf Power, Citizen TV Kenya, HOT 96, Protel Studios Ltd, Swizz Production Limited & Urban Live Events.
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